Japan Passes Bill to Punish 'Online Insults' with One-Year Prison Term

Japan Passes Bill to Punish 'Online Insults' with One-Year Prison Term


The upper house of Japan’s national legislature passed a bill Monday that would punish people convicted of making online insults with up to one year in prison and fines of up to $2,231, Kyodo News reported.

The legislation would amend Japan’s penal code to increase established punishments for people found guilty of insulting others over the internet.

“At present, the penalty for insults is detention for less than 30 days or a fine of less than 10,000 yen [$74.39 USD]. The proposed amendments will introduce a prison term of up to one year and raise the fine to up to 300,000 yen [$2231.73 USD],” Kyodo News observed on June 13.

“In Japan, insults are distinguished from defamation in that the former publicly demeans

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